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Dear New Faculty:

June 5, 2016

Welcome to East Carolina University! On behalf of the Office for Faculty Excellence and the New Faculty Orientation Planning Committee, I am writing to share information about “Pirates Aboard: New Faculty Orientation 2016” which will be held August 15–17 on the East Carolina University campuses. We believe that “Tomorrow Starts Here,” and we’re delighted to have another excellent group of faculty join our fine university. This mailing is designed to prepare you for the orientation program in August. Even if you are a part-time faculty member with a full-time job elsewhere and unable to attend orientation on campus, we want to include you through streaming, recordings, and online modules.

We are asking ALL new faculty to complete the brief New Faculty Information Survey at If you have already completed it but information has changed, you can complete it again [it takes less than 2 minutes] or you can contact the Office for Faculty Excellence. You will be contacted via ECU email during the summer about information modules that need to be completed prior to orientation. This "flipping" of parts of orientation is designed to make orientation shorter and your first weeks at ECU more productive.

This mailing includes important materials for your successful transition to ECU, including completion of several modules prior to August 15. Among the enclosed materials are the draft program schedule for Pirates Aboard: New Faculty Orientation, access information for the NFO website and Blackboard site, and handouts from Human Resources, ITCS, and others. The Pirates Aboard program is designed to give new faculty members the information they need to make a smooth transition to the university. Other opportunities during orientation week and throughout the year will include unit orientations, the new faculty Blackboard site, workshops, and other activities through the Office for Faculty Excellence and other offices on campus. We ask you to participate actively in New Faculty Orientation.

The nature of your appointment and the time of your arrival may make some sessions more relevant for you than others. For example, only tenured, tenure-track and fixed-term faculty teaching 50 percent or more need to attend the New Faculty Benefits session on Monday, August 15 (see the HR flyer which is mailed to you). If you are being hired into a temporary position or to teach less that 50 percent, you will not attend that session; an alternate session will be provided for you. Tenure track faculty members will find the session on tenure and promotion more relevant than will fixed term faculty. However, since most units require all faculty (fixed term and tenure track) to complete the same annual evaluations, you should determine your unit’s requirements and review the parts of the evaluation session most pertinent to your needs. Nonteaching employees attend orientation through ECU's HR Office and will receive notification from that office; they may want to attend parts of this orientation if they will teach or engage in research.

We are pleased the orientation will address other topics that new faculty need:

  • Onboarding  Entry and Exit Policies for all employees module completion required
  • Support from Joyner and Laupus Libraries
  • Parking and 1 Card (ID) sign up
  • Faculty and Student Information Technology Resources: Learning platforms, classroom technology, software, web publishing resources, IT Help Desk, etc. Faculty will receive information during the summer about completing the DE modules before they arrive on campus
  • The ECU Faculty Manual; syllabus requirements and recommendations; information about classroom management at the college level and university policies
  • Blackboard New Faculty Orientation Course (until you have your own password, you can visit the site by going to and signing in using newfaculty for both the userid and password)
  • Research expectations and assistance; conflict of interest reporting requirements; and application to graduate faculty
  • Service requirements and opportunities; opportunities for Scholarship of Engagement; and service learning in your classes
  • The Personnel Action Dossier and Sedona system for reporting research and creative activity and other professional activity
  • Faculty development opportunities through the Office for Faculty Excellence, Information Technology & Computing Services (ITCS), colleges and/or departments, and others.

We also invite you to follow us on Twitter and Yammer. See the handout included in the mailer.

We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you personally to East Carolina University! If you have already begun employment at ECU and attended the abbreviated orientations for HR, etc., please attend those sessions that you have not already attended.


Dr. Dorothy H. Muller
Director, Office for Faculty Excellence